In this activity, students create a model seafloor and create a map of it through taking depth readings.
By the end of this activity, students should be able to:
- understand the concept of underwater mapping of the seafloor
- construct a model to simulate a seafloor and take readings
- plot the results and use these to create a map.
Download the Word file for:
- introduction/background notes
- what you need
- what to do
- student handout.
In 2017 the Seabed 2030 Project was launched at the United Nations (UN) Ocean Conference. It is aligned with the UN's Sustainable Development Goal #14 – to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. It is a collaborative project between the Nippon Foundation of Japan and the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO). It aims to bring together all available bathymetric data to produce a definitive map of the world ocean floor by 2030.